Holkham Hall private garden tour

Garden events and things to do this month

Find out what events, open gardens and more are happening this month

There’s a whole host of events happening this month that should satisfy all your horticultural needs. Here’s our selection of what not to miss.


Back to school with the RHS

It’s never too late to develop new skills and increase your gardening knowledge, and now is the time to enrol for the highly respected RHS horticultural qualifications starting in September. Courses, designed to fit around work and other commitments, are held at more than 80 approved centres across the UK, and you can choose between a theoretical or a practical, hands-on mode of study. rhs.org.uk/qualifications

Hidcote Through the Seasons with Rachel Dein
See how artist Rachel Dein has captured the delicate beauty of the changing seasons at Hidcote in this exhibition of her botanical casts of flowers and foliage collected in the historic gardens. Until end of March, free with garden admission. Hidcote Bartrim, nr Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire GL55 6LR. Tel 01386 438333, nationaltrust.org.uk/hidcote

An artwork by Rachel Dein
An artwork by Rachel Dein

An Introduction to Garden History

Discover how gardens have evolved over time, from ancient and medieval gardens to the present day, in six weekly sessions led by Alison Moller. 16 October – 20 November, 2pm-4pm. £45. Conference Suite, Writtle University College, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 3RR. essexgardenstrust.org.uk

Autumn Flavours from your Garden

Find out which of your ornamental plants are edible in this talk from garden designer Juliet Sargeant with tasters prepared by chef Samantha Matthews. 18 October, 10.30am-12pm. £25. Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1XP. Tel 01444 450326, bordehill.co.uk

Holkham Hall private garden tour
Holkham Hall private garden tour

Festive fair

The Beautiful & Useful craft fair returns to the Garden Museum this month just in time to pick up some gorgeous gifts for Christmas. Among the works on offer are Jane Crisp’s beautiful contemporary trugs, Bee Bowen’s naturally dyed silk scarves, woven willow baskets by Christiane Gunzi, and knives hand carved by nurseryman Graham Gough. The Garden Café will also be open for refreshments and lunch, making this the perfect early Christmas shopping experience. 17 November, 10.30am-5pm. Tickets for the event cost £5 in advance, which includes entrance to the museum’s collections (normally £10), Gardens Illustrated readers can buy tickets at the discounted price of £4. Simply enter the code GIBEAUTIFUL when booking online. gardenmuseum.org.uk

Scottish Tree Festival

Make the most of Scotland’s spectacular array of diverse woodlands and gardens as the Scottish Tree Festival returns for its second year. There are more than 70 locations, including Fyvie Castle near Aberdeen, taking part nationwide. Until 1 December. visitscotland.com

Private Gardens Tours at Holkham Hall

Explore the private gardens of Holkham Hall in Norfolk, including formal parterres, designed by the 18th-century landscape architect William Andrews Nesfield and an arboretum. 3 November, from 11am. £10. Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1AB. Tel 01328 713111, holkham.co.uk

The History of Garden Furniture Design

John Danzer, historian and designer, will explore the history of garden furniture design from the medieval age to the present day. 5 November, 7pm, £25. Garden Museum, 5 Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7LB. Tel 020 7401 8865, gardenmuseum.org.uk

Fyvie Castle, Turriff, Aberdeenshire.
Fyvie Castle, Turriff, Aberdeenshire.
© National Trust for Scotland

Rosa – A Life of Roses

Discover the work of RHS gold medallist Janie Pirie, in this exhibition of her rose paintings, timed to coincide with the launch of her book of the same name. 5-10 November, 10am-5pm. Admission free. Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1. Tel 020 7930 6844, mallgalleries.org.uk

Niwaki Pruning Course

Spend a day learning the art of Japanese-style pruning from Jake Hobson, founder of Niwaki. 7 November, 1am-4pm. £175, including lunch and refreshments. Architectural Plants, Stane Street, North Heath, Pulborough, West Sussex RH20 1DJ. Tel 01798 879213, architecturalplants.com

Glow illuminations at RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Glow illuminations at RHS Garden Harlow Carr

Outdoor propagation

Learn how to use some traditional methods of propagating hardy plants on this practical course with Aberglasney’s head gardener. Booking essential. 14 November, 10am-3pm. £55. Aberglasney Gardens, Llangathen, Carmarthenshire SA32 8QH. Tel 01558 668998, aberglasney.org

Autumn Conference

Find out where designers get their inspiration at the Society of Garden Designers Autumn Conference. Speakers include designers Luciano Giubbilei, Jennifer Coe and Matt Keightley. 16 November, £182. Royal Geographical Society, London SW7 2AR. Tel 0115 968 3188, sgd.org.uk

Janie Pirie's rose drawings
Janie Pirie’s rose drawings

Melvyn Evans: Imprinting the Land

Discover the work of artist, illustrator and printmaker Melvyn Evans in an exhibition of his work at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. 16 November 2019 – 23 February 2020, 10am-5pm. Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF4 4LG. Tel 01924 832631, ysp.org.uk

Glow at RHS Garden Harlow

Explore an illuminated trail around RHS Garden Harlow Carr. 21 November – 28 December, Thursday – Saturday, 4.30-8pm. £10. RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB. Tel 01423 565418, rhs.org.uk

Four Gardens Winter Walk

Join Pensthorpe Natural Park’s head gardener for a tour of four gardens, including the Piet Oudolf-designed Millennium Garden. Includes lunch. 22 November, 2.30-4pm. £16.95. Pensthorpe Natural Park, Pensthorpe, Fakenham, Norfolk NR21 0LN. Tel 01328 851465, pensthorpe.com


Planting Design Diploma

Enrol now for the London College of Garden Design’s Planting Design Diploma starting in January 2020. Taught at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the course is aimed at garden designers, landscape architects and professional gardeners who want to expand their skills and expertise in planting design. Tel 01483 762955, lcgd.org.uk